And so, Vivian, one of the abducted cows, appeared with her calf in the Hall of Justice on April 11. The bovine witness was unwilling to take a freight elevator to the courtroom, so the jurors came to her, and court reconvened in the Hall’s basement. While on the stand, Vivian made nice with Judge Stephens by licking his ear, prompting Guy Eddie to joke, "I protest! It is apparent that the witness is trying to reach the judge."
In the end, Ryan’s strategy seems to have been effective. The Thomason brothers were sentenced to San Quentin for 1-10 years, while Sweet received five years probation on May 23, 1927.